Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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Brookview Elementary will soon be a reality. District 834 held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its new elementary school, 11179 Brookview Road in Woodbury, on March 30. During the groundbreaking ceremony district officials shared their excitement about the new school. "Today celebrates the visible beginning of a new milestone for our school district," District 833 Superintendent Denise Pontrelli said. "Although we are just breaking ground, today is far from the beginning of this project."
Fathers and their daughters had a magical night out together last weekend. District 833 Community Education hosted its annual Daddy Daughter Dance Saturday, April 9, at Park High School. During the fairytale-themed event, which is now in its 12th year, guests were able to not only enjoy a night of dancing, but could also take photos with many of Disney's favorite princesses including Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel and Anna and Elsa. The event also featured food, crafts and various "princess trinkets" for purchase.
When thinking of the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg is probably the first thing that comes to mind for most people. However, some, such as Afton resident Mary McConnell, may argue that the beginning of the war, specifically the fall of Fort Sumter and the response of the 6th Massachusetts regiment, is the more fascinating part of the war.
Afton’s new restaurant is hoping to be a cut above the rest. The Lumberyard Pub will open Friday, in the former Sail Away Cafe’ location, in Afton’s Old Village. “We hope Afton folks can feel like our establishment represents them well,” said John Vecere, co-owner for the restaurant. The Lumberyard Pub is owned by Vecere, Billy Mauer, the brother of Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins, and Scott Dahl.
Afton City Council had a reason to be thankful last week. During its March 15 meeting City Council made a number of appointments to city commissions and committees. "We appreciate your willingness to serve," Mayor Dick Bend said. City Council made appointments to both the Afton Planning Commission and the newly created Afton Branding Committee. For Planning Commission, City Council unanimously reappointed James Langan and Mark Nelson to three-year terms.
When Woodbury resident Donna Chicone got her first dog, a Portuguese water dog named Breezer, she thought she did everything right. "I think at that point I was a typical pet parent," she said. "I brought the dog into my life because I was in love with the idea of having a dog and I was in love with the appearance of that dog." However, Chicone eventually learned with her second dog, that what she previously did wasn't necessarily the best way to be a pet parent.
Zookeepers at the Minnesota Zoo constantly struggle with ways to keep their animals engaged and stimulated. Lucky for the zoo, it turned to students at Bailey Elementary School for solutions Fourth graders Charlea Enriquez, Ananya Rajesh and Sarah Rundquist, who are all part of the Gateway gifted-and-talented program, took first place in the ZooMS Design Challenge, which tasked students with designing an enrichment activity for the zoo's primates. The three girls will have an opportunity to tour backstage at the zoo for taking first place.
Liberty Ridge Elementary is in the money, thanks to the school's Parent-Teacher Association. Last school year the Liberty Ridge PTA was able to bring in over $100,000 through fundraising, and it's well on its way to bringing in that much again this year. "It starts with a good idea, good volunteers, good work ethics and dedication to the cause," PTA President Mike Mensing said. Looking at fundraisers The Liberty Ridge PTA's ability to bring in over $100,000 is the culmination of a almost two-year effort to overhaul the PTA's fundraising plan.
Daniel Homstad, 27, of Minneapolis is in critical condition following an one-vehicle accident at Lake and Courtly roads in Woodbury. Woodbury Public Safety responded to an accident Tuesday at 3:23...
Pinball isn't really considered a competitive sport, but that's exactly what it is for Woodbury resident John Jundt. "Everyone looks at pinball and thinks 'I gotta keep the ball in play', and that's absolutely part of it, but the thing that a lot of people don't realize is that there are rules to all games," he said. "You can keep the ball in play for five minutes, but if you don't know what you're doing and you don't do anything valuable, it's not going to help you a lot in getting points."